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To E. or Not to E. - That Is the Question!

Published by STAR Staff on Thursday, December 15, 2016


Look Twice for Motorcycles

Published by Carly Oppie on Friday, May 01, 2015
"Look Twice for Motorcycles" during May's Motorcycle Awareness Month 
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Motorcycles Riders Welcome Spring, Aim at Prevent Crashes

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Monday, March 02, 2015
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Letter from the Director

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Wednesday, February 25, 2015
As many of you may have heard by now, Idaho STAR recently hired a new director. Sunshine Beer, former STAR Training Manager, has accepted the position and the challenge. Here is a message from her: 
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Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program Names New Director

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Boise—Sunshine Beer has been named new program director for the Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program. 

Beer started teaching for STAR in 2003 and since then has filled the role of instructor, mentor instructor, and instructor trainer. She has served as STAR Training Manager since 2008.

As the Program Director, Beer will oversee the STAR Program state-wide. Idaho STAR is the premier organization for educating the public with strategies to reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities. STAR provides training for all levels of riders, taught by Idaho certified Instructors. The program trains around 3,000 new students every year.

Beer replaces Stacey “Ax” Axmaker who stepped down the position in January. 
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Warmer Weather Brings Motorcycles Back on the Road

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Monday, February 09, 2015
BOISE  – With the arrival of sunnier, warmer days, motorcycles will be back on the roads in higher numbers. Idaho STAR, the state’s motorcycle safety program, would like to encourage drivers and riders to be alert, sober and courteous, and to share the road so we can all get where we are headed safely.  
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We Need to Get More Kids into Knife Juggling

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Sunday, January 04, 2015
Over the past 20 years or so, I’ve often heard riders recommend or at least suggest that we encourage more people to ride motorcycles, under the theory that if there are more riders out there, drivers will be more likely to get used to looking for motorcycles or that having the experience of riding a motorcycle makes people better drivers. Similarly, I’ve heard calls for getting teenagers to ride dirt bikes (to help prepare them for street riding as they get older, if they choose), or street bikes (so they learn to be aware of motorcycles as they learn to drive).

While these ideas may sound good on the surface, I have to say that I categorically disagree with encouraging ANYONE to ride motorcycles. That may sound odd coming from someone who runs a state motorcycle safety program, so let me elaborate.   
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No Surprise - No Accident

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Monday, December 01, 2014

Now that December is here, many of us consider the riding season to be essentially over. There may be a few more rides to be had sunny winter days, but for the most part, thoughts turn to 'next season.' This month, to get ourselves thinking about how we can make next season a safe one, I'd like to share a blog post from the UK. These folks are taking a unique and (in my opinion) very promising approach to the prevention of motorcycle crashes. If you find the blog post interesting, check out the rest of their site at

Motorcycle Safety – A Matter of Belief?

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Friday, October 31, 2014
We’ve published articles about riding skills, riding judgment, rider training, protective gear, impairments, preparation, and even performing successfully in the ‘moment of truth.’ This article is a little different – I’m suggesting that a significant portion of motorcycle safety depends on what you believe.

Belief is not the same as facts.  Sometimes beliefs are in alignment with the facts, sometimes not. Sometimes there aren’t facts available, so all we have is our belief. Whatever the case, our choices and behaviors are often based on what we believe.  Here are some examples from my life (some motorcycle related…some not): 
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Dark Times Are Here

Published by Idaho STAR Program on Friday, October 03, 2014
At least where I live, it’s starting to be quite dark on my morning commute; probably is for you, too. It won’t be long before my evening commute is the same. As I drive down State street on my way to work, I see pedestrians, bicyclists, scooter, and motorcycle riders. To be more accurate, I typically DON’T see these folks until I am very close. I also notice in these ‘dark times’ those pedestrians, bicyclists, scooter and motorcycle riders who have taken the initiative to dress is bright colors and some reflective material are much easier to see from much farther away. 
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